|5:1 And it came to pass that I did go forth among
the Nephites, and did repent of the oath which I had made
that I would no more assist them; and they gave me
command again of their armies, for they looked upon me as
though I could deliver them from their afflictions.
|5:2 But behold, I was without hope, for I knew the
judgments of the Lord which should come upon them; for
they repented not of their iniquities, but did struggle
for their lives without calling upon that Being who
|5:3 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did come
against us as we had fled to the city of Jordan; but
behold, they were driven back that they did not take the
city at that time.
|5:4 And it came to pass that they came against us
again, and we did maintain the city. And there were also
other cities which were maintained by the Nephites, which
strongholds did cut them off that they could not get into
the country which lay before us, to destroy the
inhabitants of our land.
|5:5 But it came to pass that whatsoever lands we
had passed by, and the inhabitants thereof were not
gathered in, were destroyed by the Lamanites, and their
towns, and villages, and cities were burned with fire;
and thus three hundred and seventy and nine years passed
|5:6 And it came to pass that in the three hundred
and eightieth year the Lamanites did come again against
us to battle, and we did stand against them boldly; but
it was all in vain, for so great were their numbers that
they did tread the people of the Nephites under their
|5:7 And it came to pass that we did again take to
flight, and those whose flight was swifter than the
Lamanites' did escape, and those whose flight did not
exceed the Lamanites' were swept down and destroyed.
|5:8 And now behold, I, Mormon, do not desire to
harrow up the souls of men in casting before them such an
awful scene of blood and carnage as was laid before mine
eyes; but I, knowing that these things must surely be
made known, and that all things which are hid must be
revealed upon the house-tops--
|5:9 And also that a knowledge of these things must
come unto the remnant of these people, and also unto the
Gentiles, who the Lord hath said should scatter this
people, and this people should be counted as naught among
them--therefore I write a small abridgment, daring not to
give a full account of the things which I have seen,
because of the commandment which I have received, and
also that ye might not have too great sorrow because of
the wickedness of this people.
|5:10 And now behold, this I speak unto their seed,
and also to the Gentiles who have care for the house of
Israel, that realize and know from whence their blessings
|5:11 For I know that such will sorrow for the
calamity of the house of Israel; yea, they will sorrow
for the destruction of this people; they will sorrow that
this people had not repented that they might have been
clasped in the arms of Jesus.
|5:12 Now these things are written unto the remnant
of the house of Jacob; and they are written after this
manner, because it is known of God that wickedness will
not bring them forth unto them; and they are to be hid up
unto the Lord that they may come forth in his own due
|5:13 And this is the commandment which I have
received; and behold, they shall come forth according to
the commandment of the Lord, when he shall see fit, in
|5:14 And behold, they shall go unto the unbelieving
of the Jews; and for this intent shall they go--that they
may be persuaded that 1Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God;
that the Father may bring about, through his most
Beloved, his great and eternal purpose, in restoring the
Jews, or all the house of Israel, to the land of their
inheritance, which the Lord their God hath given them,
unto the fulfilling of his covenant;
|| Matthew 16:16: ...Thou art the Christ, the Son
of the living God.
|5:15 And also that the seed of this people may more
fully believe his gospel, which shall go forth unto them
from the Gentiles; for this people shall be scattered,
and shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome
people, beyond the description of that which ever hath
been amongst us, yea, even that which hath been among the
Lamanites, and this because of their unbelief and
|5:16 For behold, the Spirit of the Lord hath already
ceased to strive with their fathers; and they are 1without
Christ and God in the world; and they are driven about as
chaff before the wind.
|| Ephesians 2:12: ...ye were without
Christ...and without God in the world...
|5:17 They were once a delightsome people, and they
had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by
God the Father.
|5:18 But now, behold, they are led about by Satan,
even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel
is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor,
or without anything wherewith to steer her; and even as
she is, so are they.
|5:19 And behold, the Lord hath reserved their
blessings, which they might have received in the land,
for the Gentiles who shall possess the land.
|5:20 But behold, it shall come to pass that they
shall be driven and scattered by the Gentiles; and after
they have been driven and scattered by the Gentiles,
behold, then will the Lord remember the covenant which he
made unto Abraham and unto all the house of Israel.
|5:21 And also the Lord will remember the prayers of
the righteous, which have been put up unto him for them.
|5:22 And then, O ye Gentiles, how can ye stand
before the power of God, except ye shall repent and turn
from your evil ways?
|5:23 Know ye not that ye are in the hands of God?
Know ye not that he hath all power, and at his great
command the earth shall be rolled together as a scroll?
|5:24 Therefore, repent ye, and humble yourselves
before him, lest he shall come out in justice against
you--lest a remnant of the seed of Jacob shall go forth
among you as a lion, and tear you in pieces, and there is
none to deliver.